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I think that there are a lot more audiophiles to come !!

I grew up with some great music at a time when you could pick up an LP and listen to it from start to finish and say "wow, this is great music!". Unfortunetly we now live in an era where music companies produce products instead of artists. The lack of real good music is one of the reason iTunes has been successful in my opinion..why spend $11.99 on a CD when you can purchase the one good song for $.99?

As the good artists faded from the mainstream I started to get deeper and deeper into jazz with some great recordings from Benny Golson, John Coltrane, Sony Stitt and Sonny Rollins. As my journey took me deeper into the libraries of these artists I found that a lot of recordings from the 50's and 60's sound better today than recordings made today. Thus I felt my hi-fi system was in serious need of upgrading. I had a Pioneer Elite integrated amp and Thiel .5 speakers but the system just could not do the recoredings justice. Then while reading my monthly Stereophile I came across an ad for the Arcam Solo and imm went to my local hi-fi dealer and was sold ont his wonder. It was an immediate improvement over the Pioneer Elite and when I added the Paradigm Studio 100's, after researching speakers on the Stereophile website, I have a new appreciation for the music and musicians of the time. Now I can tell the good recordings from the bad ones and I can hear things that I never heard before. The difference is day and night.

I have been showing my system to friends and now their interests are getting keener. I think there are a lot of people who feel you need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a great hi-fi when in reality that just isn't so. Yes you can spend that money but you can also spend what your budget will allow and still get a great system.

Now I can't wait for my monthly Stereophile issue to arrive in the mail. I usually read the magazine from cover to cover and check out the recommendations in each issue via the Web. I think there are a lot of people out there who are getting ready to take the plunge into the hi-fo world but be warned..once your in we got ya and you'll never go back !!

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I have been showing my system to friends and now their interests are getting keener. I think there are a lot of people who feel you need to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a great hi-fi when in reality that just isn't so. Yes you can spend that money but you can also spend what your budget will allow and still get a great system.

Right on. Pieces like the very attractive Arcam Solo make it easy for people to jump into hi-fi. Single-box systems remove whatever intimidation factors there may be. All you have to do is plug it in, connect it to your speakers, and press play. Coming into it almost completely naive, I loved the Solo for its simplicity, convenience, and looks, and, of course, the sound quality was an enormous leap from the boombox I was listening to. These sorts of benefits offer lots of fun, and are immediately obvious to most casual listeners.

I love the Solo!

Thanks for such an enthusiastic post, Rich. It's great to hear stuff like this.

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Re: I think that there are a lot more audiophiles to come !!

I certainly hope you're right, Rich, and that lots of young people are on the brink of the kind of commitment you've just made to hi-fi. Many factors, as I suspect you know, seem to be pointing in the other direction. You point to one of them in your post - buying that 99 cent download instead of a CD. How do you reconcile low rez downloads with the pursuit of higher fidelity?

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Re: I think that there are a lot more audiophiles to come !!

I too hope that you are correct, but I am not seeing it.
I even work at a major defense company that employs many technology savy people. Still I see no interest in quality music. Mostly interest in how many hours can be loaded into X amount of memory.
The other day a machinist coworker that is a perfectionist at his job to the point of being a pain in the ass, said to me "you are in to this kind of stuff, what would you recommend for a surround sound system"? I was so excited about this. To select from a clean slate a new system.
Then he added "for about $200". How do you respond to that?

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Re: I think that there are a lot more audiophiles to come !!

I would hope that there will be more audiophiles. I've already introduced high-end audio to at least two co-workers many years ago, and more recently to one of my nephews. I found that most people who have heard my system noticed the clear sound and marvel at how it can be so, but are not interested in pursuing further the search for the best sound; they appear to be content or tolerant to what they already have and also have other priorities.

As to your machinist's question, I would have answered that there are no systems at $200 that I would recommend that would satisfy me. But if the system satisfies him/her, go for it. It comes down to me telling them that it depends upon what they can or cannot hear and what they can live with in the long term, subject to what they are willing to spend. Often the limiting factor is the limited $$$.

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